author Emilie Leeks,

"All children will have to face uncomfortable challenges in their lives at some point. We don't need to put obstacles in their way so that they can 'learn to overcome them', but equally, we don't need to and shouldn't fix every difficulty they face either. We have well built brain and bodily systems to help us overcome problems in our lives, and getting to flex these 'issue-solving muscles' as we move through life is really important in developing a sense of resilience and ability to pull through when things feel tough."

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author Emilie Leeks,

Our youngest (2 1/2 years at the time of writing), is generally quite a cheerful, easy-going little boy, but he has never really liked having his teeth brushed - some days are easier than others, and if he is distracted you can sometimes get in and do it without him really noticing. But we really wanted to tackle the root of the problem - even though we didn't have a clue what that was!

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author Emilie Leeks,

This mother, who uses Listening Partnerships regularly to fill her cup and build her resilience, thought creatively, exercised great patience, and found the connection she built with her child made it completely worth the hard work she put in.

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author Emilie Leeks,

Listening through our children's tears and other big feelings, rather than shushing, distracting or fixing things to get them to stop, feels quite alien at first for many of us. But once we have gained an understanding that expressing big emotions helps to 'clear the air' - to get us back to clear thinking and joyful living - there's no going back.

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author Emilie Leeks,

She is extremely capable for her age and always has been, but in the last (quite a) few months, she has been asking us to do pretty much everything for her - getting her dressed, doing her teeth, picking things up that she has dropped, etc etc. But this morning I suddenly realised that she was getting herself dressed.

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